Advice to Budding Journos: Hate Is the Hottest Beat

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2009 4:15 PM CDT
Former Lehman CEO Richard S. Fuld Jr.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Who says journalism is dead? Sure, newspapers are slashing newsroom staff and shutting down bureaus, Simon Dumenco writes in Advertising Age, but there’s still one booming sector: hate. “Everything is a hate beat these days, because everybody is consumed with hating on everybody else.” And you can specialize:

  • Reality hate: Reality TV stars are hard to tell apart, Dumenco writes. "The only way to do that is to tally and re-tally their most despicable qualities, their vilest actions, so news consumers can properly parse the reality-star spectrum based on varying levels of hateability."

  • Jon and Kate (Plus Hate): Which reality stars hate which others is a whole subgenre worthy of the attention of Good Morning America's Chris Cuomo and Diane Sawyer. "May God rest your soul, Walter Cronkite."
  • Real celebrity hate: Movie stars are like reality stars, but "more hateable because they're usually tons richer."
  • Sports: In the land of Michael Vick and John McEnroe (still?), what's not to hate?
  • Business: In an about-face from the "hagiography business reporters lavished on" Wall Street just recently, now it's all hate, all the time.